The Royal Veterinary College offers several Residencies that are first class, world-renowned training programmes for veterinary specialisation. These Residencies are designed for qualified veterinary graduates who wish to specialise in specific disciplines.

For Wildlife Population Health, this focuses on ecosystem health and wildlife population medicine, including disease management and prevention, surveillance, outbreak investigation and epidemiology.

For Zoo Health Management, this relates to the health and welfare of captive wild animals.

Both Residencies are run in conjunction with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

These Residencies are for three years and you will also be registered for a Masters in Veterinary Medicine – MVetMed

What Qualifications Do I need?

You must be eligible for Membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).  You must organise and pay for this yourself. Applicants must be an MRCVS by the date the residency starts, and ideally by the date of application and interview.

Important: Candidates who already hold an MSc, PhD or other higher degree are not eligible for these two positions.  

You will also need to:

  • Hold a veterinary degree which is registrable by the RCVS and provide certificate and transcripts
  • Confirm you have the right to study in the UK. 
  • Have graduated from a European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVA) - approved veterinary school
  • Confirm how you meet the English language requirements, and if applicable submit your English language test results (see below)
  • And provide evidence of:
    • Work you have undertaken in a veterinary practice
    • Any postgraduate qualifications, if held
    • Your experience of research
    • Published papers or conference presentations
    • Previous visits to the RVC and/or ZSL
    • Completion of an internship programme or similar

If English is not your first language, you must be able to communicate clearly in English, both verbally and in writing. You must take an IELTS (Academic) test. For the residency programme you must attain 7 in IELTS (Academic) with no element below 6.5. Further information on English language requirements. A certified copy of your test result must be submitted with your application. Applications that do not satisfy these criteria cannot be considered. Foreign language applicants are encouraged to practice as a veterinary surgeon in the UK for at least one year prior to application to the Residency programme. Applicants who do not meet the minimum proficiency requirements, cannot be considered.

What individual attributes do I need?

The programme is designed for highly motivated veterinary professionals who wish to specialise in a specific clinical field whose goals include:

  • Advanced development of their veterinary skills
  • Experience and knowledge by working under supervision in a multi-disciplinary and internationally renowned zoological institution

What attributes do you need to demonstrate to join the programme?

  • Willingness to work hard
  • Highly developed organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to cope under pressure
  • A positive attitude at all times
  • Desire to take part in advancing veterinary science
  • Able work with a range of people including veterinary students, senior clinicians and nursing and support staff
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to communicate well with other team members, clients, and referring veterinary surgeons
  • Have the patience to teach and guide veterinary undergraduate students

How to Apply

Applications for residencies at the RVC need to submitted via UKPASS. For details see How to Apply

Further information on the Wildlife Population Health specialty is available on the  ECZM website. 

If you have any further queries about the Residency in Wildlife Population Health, please contact Dr Becki Lawson (becki.lawson@ioz.ac.uk) at ZSL or Dr Julian Drewe (jdrewe@rvc.ac.uk)  at RVC.  

Further information on the Zoo Health Management specialty is available on the  ECZM website. 

If you have any further queries about the Residency in Zoo Health Management, please contact Amanda Guthrie (Amanda.Guthrie@zsl.org) at ZSL.   

General Enquiries

General enquiries and questions about the application process should be directed to the Graduate School

Annual Leave

The annual leave entitlement is 25 days inclusive of bank holidays; however, timing needs to be coordinated with the hospital’s needs and fellow residents. Further details can be found in the Code of Practice.

Assessment

Constructive feedback will be provided both informally and formally throughout the programme. Your clinical and academic progress will be assessed on an individual basis. Each resident has a formal appraisal after the first and second year to track progress, and to ensure that all learning objectives are completed and requirements for board certification are met.

Code of Practice

All residents must adhere and abide by the Royal Veterinary College. The Code of Practice can be found under Essential Information in the Graduate School.

FAQs

You may find these FAQs helpful.

 

 

 Zoo Health Management and Wildlife Population Health

Applications for a 2018 entry Residency in Zoo Health Management and in Wildlife Population Health are now open. Both programmes are co-organised by the Royal Veterinary College and Zoological Society of London.   Residencies are open to veterinary graduates holding a degree registerable with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.   These are three-year post-graduate programmes involving a combination of taught components, supervised practical work and applied research. Residents will receive specialised training in the relevant discipline while working within the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) Living Collections’ Veterinary Department and Institute of Zoology, as well as facilities at the RVC and with other external partners as relevant. Residents will be expected to prepare to sit the examination for membership of the European College of Zoological Medicine (ECZM) specialty boards. Residents will also be enrolled onto a Masters of Veterinary Medicine (MVetMed) programme.

Zoo Health Management (ZHM)  

Residents on the ZHM programme will receive specialist training in the health and welfare of captive wild animals and associated veterinary preventive and reactive medicine and pathological investigation. 

Residents on the ZHM programme will receive specialist training in the following areas:

  • Preventative medicine
  • Clinical Zoo Medicine
  • Restraint and Anaesthesia
  • Animal Management in the Zoological Collection
  • Comparative Pathology and Disease Investigation
  • Research and Academic Studies  

As well as undertaking the core and elective modules of the MVetMed course, modules from other MSc courses will be available including those in Wild Animal Health and Veterinary Epidemiology. Residents will gain further credits, and satisfy the requirements of the ECZM, through:

  • Structured practical clinical and pathological training as part of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) Living Collections’ Veterinary Department rota
  • Learning about and contributing to animal transfers, disease screening and quarantine requirementsUndertaking research during allocated study time
  • Presenting this research in the form of publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentation at appropriate conferences
  • Organising journal club and clinical rounds for staff and other students  

Prior experience required

In addition to the RVC criteria for eligibility, the European College of Zoological Medicine requires that the applicant should have undertaken broad training and experience in clinical veterinary medicine and surgery and their supporting disciplines, which must be attained by either:

 a. Participation in an internship of 12 months duration,

or b. Two years in general practice  

The Living Collections of ZSL comprise over 800 species and some 20000 individuals, covering an extraordinary taxonomic array. The Scholar will experience a unique opportunity to contribute to the health and welfare of these animals, and to help advance the field of zoological medicine – and the health of such captive populations.

Wildlife Population Health (WPH) 

The specialty of Wildlife Population Health has an emphasis on ecosystem health and wildlife population medicine, including disease management and prevention, surveillance, outbreak investigation and epidemiology. Wildlife Population Health is a discipline-related specialty with minimal emphasis on clinical medicine.

Residents on the WPH programme will receive specialist training in the following areas:

  • Wildlife Population and Ecosystem Health
  • Wildlife Pathology and Disease
  • Wildlife Disease Surveillance and Preventive Medicine
  • Wildlife Medicine
  • Research Studies 

As well as undertaking core and elective modules of the MVetMed course, modules from other MSc courses will be available including those in Wild Animal Health and Veterinary Epidemiology. Residents will gain further credits, and satisfy the requirements of the ECZM, through:

  • Structured training within the Institute of Zoology’s Wildlife Epidemiology Research Theme projects and the RVC’s Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health group
  • Externships at external organisations to gain additional skills and experience
  • Undertaking independent research during allocated study time
  • Presenting this research in the form of publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentation at appropriate conferences  

Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity whose mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. The Institute of Zoology (IoZ) is part of ZSL and a world-renowned research centre working at the cutting edge of conservation biology, and specialising in scientific issues relevant to preserving animal species and their habitats. The Wildlife Epidemiology Research Theme is part of IoZ. The Scholar will experience a unique opportunity to contribute to this research, and to help advance the field of zoological medicine – and wildlife and ecosystem health.

Prior experience required

In addition to the RVC criteria for eligibility, the European College of Zoological Medicine requires that the applicant should have undertaken broad training and experience in clinical veterinary medicine and surgery and their supporting disciplines, which must be attained by either:

 a. Participation in an internship of 12 months duration, or

b. Two years full time equivalent in general practice. Applicants will be expected to have clinical and pathological experience with reptile, avian and mammalian species prior to commencing a WPH Residency.  

Further information on the Zoo Health Management specialty is available on the ECZM website.

If you have any further queries about the Residency in Zoo Health Management please contact: Amanda Guthrie ZSL -  Amanda.guthrie@zsl.org   

Further information on the Wildlife Population Health specialty is available on the ECZM website.

If you have any further queries about the Residency  in Wildlife Population Health please contact: Dr Julian Drewe RVC j.drewe@rvc.ac.uk or Dr Becki Lawson ZSL - becki.lawson@ioz.ac.uk 

For general queries: ctsrecruitment@rvc.ac.uk 

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend interviews the week commencing March 26th 2018.

The residencies are highly competitive and, regrettably, this inevitably means that many good applicants are not successful.  

Successful candidates will be required to attend an induction course held at the Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Campus, from 2-6 July 2018. The start date is negotiable but is expected to be between 2nd July and 3rd September 2018. 

How to Apply

All Residencies are fully-funded.

As a Clinical Training Resident your academic fees will be paid by the department that you are working in.

You will also receive a tax-free stipend to cover your living expenses which will be paid monthly.

Tax free stipend commencing in July 2018:

  • £18,000 rising to £19,100.

A limited budget is available to support travel, accommodation and subsistence during external training placements, conference attendance, and consumables for independent research. Applicants will be encouraged to apply for additional small grants to pursue externships or fulfil projects to suit their particular interests, where necessary.  

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